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Protection Coordinator – Syrian Arab Republic

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council helps refugees and displaced people around the world: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights and strengthen their chances for a better future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along displacement routes and in countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive to find responsible and sustainable solutions. We are working on a successful integration and – as far as possible – on the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown into an international humanitarian organization with over 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced people.

All our efforts are based on our compass of values: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, honesty and transparency.

DRC Syria

DRC has been actively operating in Syria since 2008, mainly on behalf of refugees. In June 2012, the DRC was authorized by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to expand its humanitarian efforts and provide assistance to displaced persons and the vulnerable resident population throughout the country. Since then, DRC activities have focused on NFI distributions, shelter, WASH, protection, education, livelihoods and mine risk education in six governorates (Damascus, Damascus rural, Dara’a, Aleppo, Hama and Homs). While protection activities/community services are offered to beneficiaries in our six community centres.

About work

The Protection Coordinator has overall responsibility for designing, coordinating, supporting and representing DRC’s protection program in Syria.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Technical supervision

o Develop program strategy and priorities based on in-depth understanding of needs and context

o Lead the development, harmonization and deployment of SOPs, tools and guidelines

o Provide regular technical support and guidance to PM/TL/Area Managers and other relevant staff, both in a structured manner and on a case-by-case basis.

o Ensure compliance with DRC standards and procedures and alignment with the strategic plan at the level of national and global strategies, through regular coordination with support services colleagues at the area office and country office level .

o Coordinate with industry colleagues at RO and HQ levels as appropriate on relevant technical aspects.

o Conduct regular field visits to provide technical oversight and support, identify needs and ensure quality programming and implementation.

o Regularly update the protection indicators associated with the plan

o Ensure that programming is integrated with other sectors in the DRC

· Technical line management

o Development of job descriptions and harmonized structures in all area offices

o Participate in the recruitment of technical staff in the same field

o Identify technical gaps and support capacity building for technical reports

o Contribute to the definition of performance objectives and performance evaluations of technical staff in the same field

o If necessary, and with the approval of his line manager, provide interim support in the absence of PM, in close coordination with senior national colleagues (identified by the PM before his absence)

· Program development, coordination and supervision

o Lead the design, finalization and supervision, as well as the coordination of proposals and projects, in coordination with sector managers and PMs

o Lead the development of assessments, including cross-sector assessments to inform evidence-based planning

o Map donor priorities in a given sector and identify new funding opportunities in close coordination with the Program Manager and Grants Specialist.

o Provide technical review of all relevant donor proposals and reports and other sectoral communications

o Lead program review meetings where he/she is the focal point and contribute to other program review meetings as needed (grant opening, review and closing meetings)

o Provide oversight of overall program implementation, including budgets and metrics

o Provide oversight of the overall Sector budget, including budget development, in coordination with PM/TLs and Area Managers, monitor timely expenditures at Sector level and initiate corrective actions, including internal and donor budget realignments

· Quality assurance

o Overseeing the overall progress of program implementation; problem identification, resolution and/or escalation;

o Work with MEAL to develop harmonized tools and databases to monitor and track the effectiveness and quality of programming and improve information management within sector focal points

o Work closely with MEAL in the design, implementation and evaluation of sector-level programming

o Coordinate with MEAL to ensure accountability mechanisms are established for programming

o Ensure the effective implementation of MEAL systems throughout the life of protection components of DRC projects.

· Donor coordination, representation and engagement

o Lead participation in clusters and sectors, including direct participation at national level and coordination of representation at sub-national level. Also participate in working groups/strategic advisory groups and relevant protection groups, to represent the DRC and its mandate

o Act as the main point of contact at sector level with donors; support donor field visits

o Provide technical input and support the strategic direction of the response at sector level within the humanitarian community

o Report issues and challenges to the donor in a timely manner, in coordination with the HOP

o Liaise with regional and relevant donors for technical aspects.

· Other

o Raise any non-compliance issues and ensure adherence to DRC standards and procedures

o Coordinate with Comms/Advocacy for success story content, communication tools, etc.

o Provide regular updates to HoP

o Any other task agreed with HoP

We offer

Duration of contract: 6 months (extension depending on funds and performance)

Level: Non-Manager – G

Location: Syria

Expected start date: As soon as possible

How to register

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the link below:

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no more than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV-only applications will not be considered..

Applications closed25-august-2022

Applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis, DRC reserves the right to conduct tests and interviews prior to the closing date, and may close the advert earlier in the event of finding a suitable candidate.

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